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The Three-Year-Old Best-Loved Book List

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The list author says: "These are the books that make him laugh, make him think, and are followed with a "read it again, please" each and every time. These are also the books that make me love being a mother. More are sure to be added as the year of 3 continues."
The Giant Jam Sandwich Book & CD (Read Along Book & CD)
The Giant Jam Sandwich Book & CD (Read Along Book & CD)
"A very engaging story of a problem solved with a wonderfully preposterous solution."
Mouse Soup
Mouse Soup
"An excellent book with four completely different stories woven together in a clever, unexpected way."
Gyo Fujikawa's A to Z Picture Book
Gyo Fujikawa's A to Z Picture Book
"Thank goodness this book is FINALLY back in print. No home should be without a copy - it is chock full of good stuff to look at and learn from, and will be a keeper for life."
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (Book and Musical CD)
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (Book and Musical CD)
"Yummy illustrations!"
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
"A clever Christmas story that makes my son's wheels spin as he tries to comprehend that the end product of the story was a part of the original in the beginning."
See Inside How Things Work
See Inside How Things Work
"This is an incredible lift-the-flap book for any child interested in how machines, appliances, tools, etc work. From pipes within your home to conveyors to hair dryers to escalators, this book covers it all. Perfect to introduce at 3, and it will be a lasting favorite."
Frog and Toad All Year Book and CD (I Can Read Book 2)
Frog and Toad All Year Book and CD (I Can Read Book 2)
"We like all of the Frog and Toad books, but this one is my son's favorite."
The Line Up Book
The Line Up Book
"Perfectly sums up a sample quarter of an hour in the life of a stay-at-home mom and her son. We both love this one."
Bullfrog Builds a House
Bullfrog Builds a House
"This book has been a standing favorite since my son was two. It was one of my own favorites from childhood, as well. How disappointing that it is no longer in print. It is such a dear story, and I am so thankful to have a copy."
Small Pig (I Can Read Book 2)
Small Pig (I Can Read Book 2)
"It doesn't get better than vacuums and wet cement."
Mouse Mess
Mouse Mess
"A simple story that my son would have enjoyed earlier than age 3, but we didn't happen upon it until now. He still really enjoys it, and the pictures are fantastic!"
1-2-3: a Child's First Counting Book
1-2-3: a Child's First Counting Book
"This beautiful book provides obvious and many not-so-obvious items to count on each page, it introduces counting backwards from 10, and there are allusions to many, many fairytales. This book is so very delightful to look at and talk about with my son!"
Humbug Witch
Humbug Witch
"I loved this book when I was a girl, and my son is also quite taken with the little witch who can't seem to get anything right. The unexpected ending is just right for a young preschooler to learn that not all things are as scary as they might seem..."
Mouse Tales (I Can Read Book 2)
Mouse Tales (I Can Read Book 2)
Block City
Block City
"This is a great way to open up my son's mind to the possibility of what can be done with his blocks."
Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever! (Giant Little Golden Book)
Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever! (Giant Little Golden Book)
The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Scented Storybook)
The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Scented Storybook)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
The Duchess Bakes a Cake
The Duchess Bakes a Cake
"This is a fun read! I was a tad disappointed with the illustrations - so much more could have been done with the ingredients page... But what a fantastic story with rhymes that roll off the tongue."
The Seven Silly Eaters
The Seven Silly Eaters
"Your child will enjoy the idea of a large family in which each child insists on only eating one particular food all the time. You will sympathize with the exhausted parents who accomodate their children's every dietary whim. A delight to read, and my son absolutely enjoys it."
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months
"A simple, fun read that gets young preschoolers familiar with the months of the year."
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (Peter Rabbit)
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (Peter Rabbit)
"We love many of Beatrix Potter's book. This one has been a particular favorite since age two. Exposure to new vocabulary is always a great thing."
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)
"This seems to be a more obscure Beatrix Potter story, but we love it! It is one of the best books we own for challenging my son's reading comprehension. This tale is very amusing, has engaging plot twists, and like other Potter books, introduces exceptional vocabulary."
Pancakes for Breakfast
Pancakes for Breakfast
"My son enjoys "reading" this book on his own."
Carrot Soup
Carrot Soup
"A wonderfully illustrated book that is perfect for spring. The page with the pig on the tractor, alone, makes this book worth it."
Humbug Rabbit
Humbug Rabbit
"Too, too bad this book is no longer in print. Just last year (2009) it was, and thankfully, I ordered it. The illustrations are brilliantly captivating and could stand alone in telling this humorous story. A must-have for Easter!"
Over and Over
Over and Over
"A beautifully illustrated, sweet story that is a nice reveiw of the major holidays, including summer vacation and birthdays."
Strega Nona
Strega Nona
"An engaging story with fantastic illustrations. The best part is the lesson that it teaches: disobedience has consequences! My son loves this book."
Joan Walsh Anglund Storybook
Joan Walsh Anglund Storybook
"The stories and poems in this book are wonderfully and thoughtfully told, and the illustrations are even better. This book is a true treasure, and I am so thankful to have my childhood copy to share with my son. It is such a treat to read this one at bedtime!"
Walt Disney's Peter Pan (Disney Peter Pan) (Little Golden Book)
Walt Disney's Peter Pan (Disney Peter Pan) (Little Golden Book)
"A perfect first adventure story! The illustrations are vibrantly lovely and the story flows well."
Dinnertime
Dinnertime
"My son adores this pop-up book, and the artwork is fantastic. He also enjoys Pienkowski's Little Monsters, but Dinnertime has more of a story to it. These books are perfect for independent "reading" or for car rides."
Port Side Pirates PB w CD
Port Side Pirates PB w CD
"A cheerful and very preschool-appropriate story/songbook about pirate life. The song is catchy, though a little redundant. But what preschooler minds that? Fascinating facts at the end that he will appreciate as he gets older."
The Little Lamb (Pictureback(R))
The Little Lamb (Pictureback(R))
"My son began enjoying each of Dunn's books at age two. He still loves these straightforward stories that describe the routines, encounters, and mishaps of various animals. The plentiful photography throughout make these stories seem so real, and I think this is why they are so appealing."
If Kisses Were Colors
If Kisses Were Colors
"An enchanting book to help personify the concept of love to your child. My son is intrigued by Jay's lovely illustrations. The imagery means more than he'll realize for awhile, but he thoroughly enjoys it nonetheless."
Fortunately
Fortunately
"One of the best books we've read in awhile - my son finds it highly entertaining."
Bears in the Night
Bears in the Night
"A short but highly suspenseful book that NEVER gets old to my son. Good for the concept of sequencing."